In today’s technology landscape, migration to the Cloud is compelling not just for the cost and time savings over standing up your own infrastructure, but many other important reasons including on-demand spare capacity for seasonal or peak traffic loads, as well as quick and easy access to specific hardware and software environments requiring deep technical skillsets for support, i.e. Big Data. In addition, the abundance of Cloud providers who advertise FISMA compliant Cloud services make it tempting for Federal agencies to jump on the FISMA Cloud bandwagon as well. However, one word of caution is in order when considering migrating your information system to a FISMA Cloud. There is an old saying popular in the compliance community, “you can outsource your technology, but you can’t outsource your risk”. As the Federal Agency stakeholder, you are still ultimately responsible for the total overall FISMA compliance of your information system, even when outsourced to Cloud providers.
Posts Tagged ‘Federal Cloud’
Since the implementation of the “Federal Cloud” initiative, Federal Cloud Computing has increased in all areas of government.
Armedia’s federal cloud blog feature governance, processes, security and service levels designed to meet U.S. federal needs. Armedia draws on extensive experience in developing and deploying cloud based solutions to agencies in the federal sector to provide informational resources to educate on the challenges, best practices, model options and other hurdles which exist in developing Cloud Computing technology solutions within the Federal Sector.
July 25th, 2012 by John Walley
April 10th, 2012 by Allison Cotney
In a Statement by Dr. David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology, at an April 2011 Senate Subcommittee Hearing, McClure stated one of the biggest challenges federal agencies face in migrating to the cloud is data management. Data management in cloud computing is something that needs to be critically analyzed and strategized before solutions can be implemented. So lets take a look at some of the Data Management challenges that exist in Federal Cloud Computing Solutions:
First of all, it is important to understand that the IT needs of global organizations pale in comparison with those of the US federal government. Quite simply, the US Federal Government is enormous – composed of more than 2.1 million full-time federal employees, each of who use at least one IT system and 2,094 federal government data centers composed of thousands of servers.
March 23rd, 2012 by Allison Cotney
In a Statement by Dr. David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology, at an April 2011 Senate Subcommittee Hearing, McClure stated one of the biggest challenges federal agencies face in migrating government IT solutions to the cloud is the security of cloud computing.
McClure is far from alone in citing concerns regarding the security of cloud computing as a challenge, with 94% of respondents citing it as a cloud risk in a Lockheed Martin study.
March 20th, 2012 by Allison Cotney
For information technology workers in the government sector, the cloud computing initiative is no new news, though understanding the unique implications of cloud computing challenges may be. The goals of the initiative were to leverage federal cloud computing in order to reduce waste, increase efficiency, and cut costs for the federal government. This without a doubt meant that massive changes had to take place in government it solutions. Data consolidation has taken off, as the Obama administration aims to cut the federal budget through the consolidation of 800 of the government’s data centers by 2015, a move that is projected to save more than $3 billion while simultaneously freeing up acres of real estate.
Throughout the development of this massive initiative, concerns that are unique to federal agencies have started to become clear to information technology professionals. In a statement made by Dr. David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology, at an April 2011 Senate Subcommittee Hearing, McClure stated: there continues to be a need for more thorough understanding of cloud computing deployment models, unique needs related to the security of cloud computing, and data management challenges.
This three post series will focus on highlighting the concerns within each of those three umbrella categories of concern. For now, lets talk about the cloud computing deployment models.
Cloud computing is defined to have several deployment models, each of which has specific trade-offs for agencies which are migrating services and operations to cloud based environments. Because of the different characteristics and trade-offs of the various cloud computing deployment models, it is important the agency IT professionals have a clear understanding of their agency’s specific needs as well as how the various systems can help them meet these needs.